How Solar Works

Solar power systems are fairly simple systems without any moving parts. They are modular, quick to install, and require little to no maintenance. Below is a list of the primary components that make up a solar power system:

How Solar Works | E3 Environments

  1. Solar Modules (or Panels): Placed on your roof (above) or configured as a ground mount, the modules collect sunlight to make DC (Direct Current) Electricity.
    • The panels must have access to sunlight, so one of the first steps of your consultation for a home or business will be to determine if there are trees or structures that would cast shade on a solar system.
    • Most modules come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty, so you don’t have to worry about the technology–it is guaranteed to perform for at least 25 years!
  2. Inverters: Take the DC electricity from the panels and converts it into the AC electricity that your home uses. The inverters are tied directly to your electrical panel to power your home.
    • Your inverter, usually located in your basement or garage, will tell you how much power is being produced by your solar system.
    • Inverters typically come with a 10-year warranty.
  3. Utility Meter (Outside wall): If you are generating more power than you use, the excess electricity flows through the meter back to the utility as a credit on your account–spinning your meter backwards. At times, like at night, when you might be using more than your system is producing, you will still pull electricity from the utility through your meter.

If you ever have a question about any component of your system, we are always only a phone call away. 

WhySolarAlternative energy has become the next frontier in technology as the world migrates toward a more energy-conscious culture. Going “green” has become more than just trendy; it’s become a necessity in today’s rapidly-changing world. E3 Technologies is poised to handle all of your custom home solar and alternative energy needs.

E3 Technologies solar experts factor in form and function, so that the design blends in with the architecture and performs to 21st century standards.

Design options include:

  •  Solar panels roof-integrated tiles
  •  Solar carports or patios

Plus we can integrate energy-efficient appliances into the mix. We carefully select certified components, evaluate optimal location and properly install the entire system. All of these factors directly affect the system’s performance, reliability, longevity and cost.

 1. Solar Helps You Save on Your Electric Bill

Probably the biggest advantage of solar energy is immediate electricity bill savings. No matter how small your installation, you begin receiving smaller monthly bills from your local utility company – from Day 1.

But how large are these electricity bill savings?

Answering this depends on 2 important factors:

  1. Solar energy is a modular technology, meaning you can install as many or as few panels as you like – whenever you like. Each new kilowatt of installed solar capacity brings you bigger electricity bill savings. With a large enough installation, it’s possible to reduce your energy bill completely. Thanks to solar energy, countless Americans already pay $0 a month to their local utility.
  2. However large your installation, you can expect your electricity bill savings to grow with time. As utility rates increase, clean energy from the sun remains consistently free. Solar is an investment that pays increasingly large dividends with each passing year.

2. Solar Energy and Higher Property Values

Because solar energy helps you save on your electricity bill, it’s an investment that pays for itself many times over the 25+ year lifetime of your installation.

But the advantages of solar energy extend well beyond electricity bill savings.

Solar energy can also fetch you a much higher asking price when it comes time to sell your home. An average sized installation on a $500,000 property can add $20,000 or more to the retail value of your home – an amount that exceeds the average cost of most residential solar installations, meaning you could not only be reducing or eliminating your electricity bill but also getting 100% of your money back when and if you sell the home. By contrast, most kitchen remodeling projects only deliver returns of 60%.

If you’re going to make home improvements, solar energy is pretty difficult to top. You enjoy lower electricity bills for as long as you remain in your house. And when it comes time to sell, you recoup 100% of your investment thanks to your property’s higher asking price.

Let’s examine the final (and arguably most important) advantage of solar energy.

3. Solar Energy and the Environment

Solar’s economic dividends are easy to measure in dollars in cents. By installing panels today, it’s possible to:

  • Save on electric bills
  • Generate passive income
  • Boost your home’s property value

But solar’s environmental dividends are no less tangible.

As more homes and businesses across the country install solar panels, our nation moves farther away from fossil fuel consumption and closer to a clean economy powered by the sun. The benefits of this transition are enormous:

  • Better health due to cleaner air, water, and soil
  • Greater energy security due to reductions in imported fuel
  • Stronger economic growth through the creation of green jobs
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of catastrophic climate change, global weirding, and severe weather
  • Solar energy’s dividends don’t simply benefit you – the system owner. They benefit anyone who enjoys having a cleaner and more sustainable environment (which means everyone).

 

The government sees the massive benefits associated with solar energy, and that is why they have created incentives to help you go solar. Federal tax benefits or grants, as well as state rebates help make solar affordable so more people can sign up today to make a difference.

The amount of sunshine energy that hits the surface of the Earth every minute is greater than the total amount of energy that the world’s human population consumes in a year!

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